ASTRONOME

Equipe PLANETOLOGIE

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Curriculum Vitae

Born in Saint-Brieuc, France, on May, 30, 1957

Profession (currently)

Title: Astronomer (permanent position)
Institution: CNAP - Corps National des Astronomes et Physiciens
Laboratory: OCA - Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Lab. Cassiopée (UMR CNRS 6202)

Education (Academic degrees, dates, universities, subjects)

* 1994: Accreditation to supervise research, Univ. Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, Science
* 1987: Ph.D., Paris Observatory, Paris, Fundamental Astronomy
* 1984: Post Graduate (place 1st), Paris Observatory, Paris, Fundamental Astronomy
* 1982: Engineer Physicist, Grande Ecole for Physics (Sup-), Marseille, Physics

Career/Employment (Dates, positions, mobilities)

* 2007: Promoted Astronomer 1st Class
* 2004: Transfert to the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA, Lab. Cassiopée)
* 2002: Promoted Astronomer 2nd Class (assimilated Professor)
* 2000-2004: Head of the research team Non-Linear Dynamics, OASU - Lab. L3AB
* 1999-2000: Head of the research team Astrodynamics, OASU - Lab. L3AB
* 1996: Transfert to the Observatory of Bordeaux, Lab. L3AB (UMR CNRS 5804)
* 1993-1996: Head of a research team in Celestial Mechanics, OCA - Lab. CERGA
* 1988: Nomination Assistant Astronomer (CNAP) at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA)

Research Interests

* Main fields: Astrodynamics (Solar system and planetology [SONYR: Spin-Orbit N-bodY Relativistic model - Copyright E.Bois-CNRS-Cassiopée], relativistic celestial mechanics, dynamics of planetary systems); Celestial Mechanics (rotation of solid celestial bodies, spin-orbit couplings, librations, spin-orbit theory of the Moon, predictive analytical theories).



* Current research interests: Mercury (relativistic spin-orbit theory, librations, obliquity, rotation-core couplings, core, formation); Extra-solar planets (global dynamical analysis of compact multi-planetary systems [MIPS method - Copyright E.Bois-CNRS-Cassiopée], stability and chaos, formation and dynamical evolution), Cosmology (analytical expansions).



* Other fields: Cosmology, Metaphysics, Epistemology (in some advanced topics in contemporary astrophysics - the significance of chaos, the causal structure, the question of the origin of the Universe... - which contribute to the renewal of philosophy of Nature); Dynamical Posturology (in medicine [DPN concept - Copyright E.Bois-CNRS-Cassiopée]).

Distinctions

* 2003: Member of the Scientific Society of Brussels.
* 2001: Award winner of the John Templeton Foundation in the Cosmology and Fine-tuning Research Program (CNRS agreement ID#938-COS272, Grant title: "Fine-tuning: from Galaxy Formation to the Stability of Planetary Systems").

Professional Background

* 2007-1999: Pi of the project Rotation-Core Couplings of Terrestrial Planets, French National Program of Planetology (PNP).
* 2004-2003: Pi of the project Dynamical Stability of Planetary Systems (PNP).
* 2002-2001: Co-Pi of the project Fine-tuning: from Galaxy Formation to the Stability of Planetary Systems (JTF-CNRS, France-USA-GB).
* 2004-1999: Member of the CNRS - GDR 1053: Gravitation & Experiments (GREX).
* 2003-1999: Lecturer in Astrodynamics (post graduate level), Toulouse III University.
* 2000-1993: Lecturer in Philosophy of Sciences, FLPC/Sorbonne Paris IV.
* 1998: Founder member of the Epistemology Laboratory EPISTEME, Univ. Bordeaux 1.
* 1996-1995: Project manager (COGEOS, Phase 3), European Research Network.
* 1996-1992: Team manager (CNRS - GDR 1031: Dynamics of Gravitational Systems).
* 1995-1990: Co-i (COGEOS, Phase 2), European Research Network.
* 1996-1988: Member of the "Groupe de Recherches en Géodésie Spatiale" (GRGS).

Other Experiences

* Referee for Astronomy & Astrophysics; Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy; Icarus; Planetary & Space Science; Earth, Moon & Planets; Foundations of Science; International Journal of Theoretical Physics...
* Co-organizer of 1st and 2nd CNRS Schools of Astrophysics in Oleron, May 1996 & 97.
* Co-organizer of the international conference on Nature and its Representations : Science and Philosophy, Carré des Sciences, Paris, October 1995.
* Leadership of the International Astronomy Symposium: Interactions between Physics and Dynamics of Solar System bodies, Pléneuf-Val-André, France, June 1992.
* Invited lectures in various Astrophysical CNRS Schools.
* Thesis supervisions : 5; Post-doctoral supervisions : 6.

7 representative publications

* Bois, E., and Rambaux, N., 2007, "On the oscillations in Mercury's obliquity", Icarus 192, 308-317.
* Bois, E., Kiseleva-Eggleton, L., Rambaux, N., and Pilat-Lohinger, E., 2003, "Conditions of Dynamical Stability for the HD 160691 Planetary System", Astrophys. Jour. 598, 1312-1320.
* Bois, E., and Girard, J.-F., 1999, "Impact of the Quadrupole Moment of the Sun on the Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System", Celest. Mech. & Dyn. Astron. 73, 329-338.
* Bois, E., Boudin, F., and Journet, A., 1996, "Secular Variation of the Moon's Rotation Rate", Astron. & Astrophys. 314, 989-994.
* Bois, E., and Vokrouhlicky, D., 1995, "Relativistic Spin Effects in the Earth-Moon System", Astron. & Astrophys. 300, 559-567.
* Bois, E., 1994, "First-Order Accurate Theory of Perturbed Circular Motion", Celest. Mech. & Dyn. Astron. 58, 125-138.
* Bois, E., 1988, "Second-Order Theory of the Rotation of an Artificial Satellite", Celest. Mech. & Dyn. Astron. 42, 141-168.

A few representative invited lectures or papers

* "Dynamical chaos : a natural factor of deployment and self-exploration of the dynamical possibilities of Nature", invited lecture at the international conference : Une nouvelle philosophie de la nature aujourd'hui : les apports des mathématiques, de la physique et de la biologie, EHESS, Paris, 2003, Peter Lang (Eds.: J.-M. Alimi, L. Boi, J. Kouneiher, and D. Lambert), in press.
* "Creation and theory of the origin of the Universe", invited lectures, University Regina Apostolorum, Rome, 2003, 2005.
* "The status of time in dynamical systems", invited lecture at the international conference: Le temps multiple : de la physique et la biologie à la psychologie et l'histoire, under the supervision of L. Boi, CAMS-EHESS, Paris, 2003.
* (1) "De quelques enjeux philosophiques du phénomène chaos", (2) "A propos du temps - quelques notes suite à l'exposé de Jean Kovalevsky", invited lectures, Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, working group under the supervision of B. d'Espagnat, Paris, 2000, 2001.
* "The extensive causality", invited paper in the international collective book : Science et philosophie de la Nature: Un nouveau dialogue, L. Boi Ed., Peter Lang, 2000, 199-219.
* "Origin and beginning of the Universe: from an intimate confusion to a metaphysical link", invited lecture, international conference, UNESCO, Paris, 2000, in: Revue des Questions Scientifiques 173, 59-72.
* "Connaissance de la libration lunaire à l'ère de la télémétrie laser-Lune", Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences, t1 - Série IV, 2000, 809-823.
* "Theory of solid rotation", invited review paper, 21st IAU General Assembly, JCM: Rotation of the Solar System Bodies, Buenos Aires, 1991, in: Highlights of Astronomy 9.

Publications

* Scientific papers : about 130
* Book : 1
        The Restless Universe or the prime essence of motion (in french)
        Peter Lang, Collection Philosophia Naturalis et Geometricalis, 2002.
* Collective books (meeting proceedings excluded), e.g.:
        Symmetry, Breaking Symmetry and Complexity in Mathematics, Physics, and Biology
        L. Boi Ed., Peter Lang, 2006.
        Implications philosophiques de la science contemporaine
        B. d'Espagnat Ed., PUF, 2001.
        Science et philosophie de la Nature: Un nouveau dialogue
        L. Boi Ed., Peter Lang, 2000.
* Public outreach lectures : about 30

 

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